Welcome to the Jaunty Jackalope edition of Ubuntu Studio, an open source distribution of Linux based on the latest Ubuntu technologies and tailored for musicians, graphic artist, and other multimedia processionals who want a free, stable and reliable operating system for their daily tasks.
The Alternate DVDs are now double in size
Ubuntu Studio 9.04 was officially announced on April 23, 2009 and supported until October 23, 2010. Unfortunately, it's still available for download as Alternate DVD ISO images that are now double in size from the ones of the previous release, yet still supporting the same hardware platforms, 64-bit and 32-bit.
The boot menu has not been changed, allowing the user to start the installation process, boot an existing operating system from the first drive, rescue a broken system, perform a RAM test, as well as to check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media).
Easy-to-use text-mode installer
As we mentioned in previous reviews of Ubuntu Studio, the text-mode installation process is not that scary and will require the user to choose a language and country, configure the keyboard layout and network, select a timezone, partition the disk, create a user, and configure the package manager.
GNOME has been greatly modified
Major changes have occurred on the graphical desktop, as the GNOME environment has been greatly modified to be provide users with a more lightweight computing experience when creating their multimedia projects. It uses a single panel located on the upper part of the screen from where the user can easily launch apps and interact with running programs.
All in all, Ubuntu Studio 9.04 is quite a surprise release, as it now uses a tweaked GNOME desktop environment with a single-panel layout. However, we are still disappointed in project's lack of Live DVDs that allow anyone to use the operating system without installing it.